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Weekly Announcements 11.23.18



November 25, 2018

Christ the King Sunday

Our risen and victorious Lord is enthroned as “Him who is and who was and who is to come.” Our hope of salvation is based on the unchanging fact that Christ is King, both now and forever. As His faithful subjects, we fix our eyes on Him who is our hope!


ADVENT PLEDGE DRIVE—The joy of knowing God’s love in Jesus Christ is the source of all love and generosity. With our hearts and minds focused on Christ this Advent season, this is an appropriate time of year to prayerfully consider how we respond to God’s love by sharing our tithes, talents, and time. Our upcoming Advent pledge drive will equip us to honor Jesus for giving His all for us.

ADVENT SERVICES—Advent services begin on Wednesday, December 5 at 4:30 & 6:30 p.m. with a meal served at 5:30 p.m. Please see the upcoming events section for the Christmas Eve, Christmas, and New Year’s Eve service schedules.

AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team saves the church thousands of dollars each year. They are looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.

GO MISSIONS—Please join us as we GO caroling at three area nursing homes with the BLAST middle school youth. We will leave from Our Shepherd at noon on December 9. After caroling, we will return to Our Shepherd for a pot luck lunch; please bring an item to share. A hot cocoa bar will be ready upon our return. The event is set to wrap up around 2:30 p.m. Please sign-up at the "GO" mission table in the narthex. 

LITTLE RAMS ATHLETICS—We have been blessed to host Little Rams Athletics for over ten years, but Tom Hansing has resigned from his role as the head of our Little Rams athletics program. His departure dictates that we are not able to offer a basketball session this upcoming season. If you are interested in volunteering to lead this program in the spring, please reach out to the church office. If we are unable to find volunteers, the program may have to be discontinued. 

OSLS— The 5th-8th graders will be serving OSLC by leading the Advent worship services at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 12. 


Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Marc Sweeney, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all of our homebound members including Herb Schortemeyer. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty. 



OLD TESTAMENT READING, Daniel 7:9-10, 13-14

“As I looked, thrones were placed, and the Ancient of Days took his seat; his clothing was white as snow, and the hair of his head like pure wool; his throne was fiery flames; its wheels were burning fire. 10 A stream of fire issued and came out from before him; a thousand thousands served him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him; the court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.


13 “I saw in the night visions, and behold, with the clouds of heaven there came one like a son of man, and he came to the Ancient of Days and was presented before him. 14 And to him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, that all peoples, nations, and languages should serve him; his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom one that shall not be destroyed.

EPISTLE READING, Revelation 1:4b-8

4b Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood and made us a kingdom, priests to his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. Behold, he is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see him, even those who pierced him, and all tribes of the earth will wail on account of him. Even so. Amen. “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

GOSPEL READING, John 18:33-37

33 So Pilate entered his headquarters again and called Jesus and said to him, “Are you the King of the Jews?” 34 Jesus answered, “Do you say this of your own accord, or did others say it to you about me?” 35 Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered you over to me. What have you done?” 36 Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” 37 Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say that I am a king. For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world — to bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth listens to my voice.”


Weekly Announcements 11.16.18



November 18, 2018

Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

Dreams. Goals. We all have them. But have you thought about what your aspirations say about you and your faith? The disciples saw the Temple and were awed, but Jesus was not as impressed. He saw worldly accomplishments as nothing unless they fulfilled Kingdom purposes. What about us? Are our goals merely worldly or are they Kingdom focused, even as Jesus was Kingdom focused?


GO MISSIONS TEAM—“GO” mission event benefitting Changing Footprints will be sorting shoes at the Avon location TODAY from 2-4 p.m. Shoes are sorted by gender, style, size and condition. This is a great opportunity for families to “GO” into our community and serve together.

AVALANCHE SQUAD—The snow removal team saves the church thousands of dollars each year. They are looking for volunteers to assist with clearing the sidewalks, driveways and parking lot. Contact Mark Meyerholtz at if you are available to help.

CHURCH DECORATING—Christmas decorating is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 8 from 9 to noon. Many hands make the job easier and fun. Light refreshments will be provided. Men, women, and children of all ages are welcome.

16th ANNUAL MOPS ADVENT TEA—Come celebrate the beginning of the Advent season and prepare your hearts for Christ's birth. The Tea will be at Our Shepherd Lutheran Church on Saturday, December 1, 2018 at 1 p.m. To reserve your spot, see Michelle Borcherding in the office between services or email her at

OFFICES CLOSED—The church and school offices will be closed on Thurs. Nov. 22 and Fri., Nov. 23. You may call the automated system to connect to a Pastor in the event of an emergency.

POINSETTIAS—In an effort to enhance both worship spaces this December, you have opportunity to donate one or more large red poinsettias, only $12 each. You may donate a plant “In Memory Of,” “In Honor Of,” or “To the Glory of God.” Order forms and sign-ups are on bulletin board near the Luther Room. Donations will be accepted until Dec. 10

OSLS— We need YOU to be an SGO donor! It is a WIN-WIN for the donor, school and families of OSLS! Individuals, corporations, or self-employed will receive a 50% state tax credit with your gift of cash, stocks, bonds, mutual funds, or IRA qualified retirement plan charitable rollovers (RMDs). Have questions? Talk to Mrs. Hedges for more information. 

SHARE CHRIST WITH OTHERS-The Angel Tree, in the narthex, is a way of serving others in need in our church, school, and community. You can be a blessing to someone by taking an angel. Each angel lists an appropriate gift to purchase, instructions for wrapping, and a return date. Please prayerfully consider adopting one or more angels to share Christ’s love with others.


Lori Boettcher, Trudy Gierke, Don Holman, Lyle Jensen, Pat Marsh, Lynda Pruett, Buddy Ray, Francis Wells, and Stuart Zurcher. For all who mourn including the family and friends of Dorothy Dobler. For all of our homebound members including Orpha Harris. For our active Armed Forces members: Andrew Pierson and Rex Rafferty.

Pastor Lepley and TJ Mattick are representing the Indiana District at the LCEF Fall Leadership Conference this weekend. We pray for safe travels and God's blessing upon LCEF's work for the LCMS. 


Thanksgiving Eve Service, Nov. 21, 6:30 p.m.

Thanksgiving Pie Fellowship, Nov. 21, 7:15 p.m.

Advent Tea, Dec. 1, 1 p.m.

Advent Services, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 4:30 & 6:30 p.m.

Advent Meals, Dec. 5, 12, 19, 5:30 p.m. 



1“At that time shall arise Michael, the great prince who has charge of your people. And there shall be a time of trouble, such as never has been since there was a nation till that time. But at that time your people shall be delivered, everyone whose name shall be found written in the book. And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt. And those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky above; and those who turn many to righteousness, like the stars forever and ever.

EPISTLE READING, Hebrews 10:11-25

11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. 12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, 13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet. 14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified. 15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying, 16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.” 18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin. 19 Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20 by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

GOSPEL READING,  Mark 13:1-13

1And as he came out of the temple, one of his disciples said to him, “Look, Teacher, what wonderful stones and what wonderful buildings!”And Jesus said to him, “Do you see these great buildings? There will not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.”And as he sat on the Mount of Olives opposite the temple, Peter and James and John and Andrew asked him privately, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign when all these things are about to be accomplished?” And Jesus began to say to them, “See that no one leads you astray. Many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am he!’ and they will lead many astray. And when you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. This must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places; there will be famines. These are but the beginning of the birth pains.“But be on your guard. For they will deliver you over to councils, and you will be beaten in synagogues, and you will stand before governors and kings for my sake, to bear witness before them. 10 And the gospel must first be proclaimed to all nations. 11 And when they bring you to trial and deliver you over, do not be anxious beforehand what you are to say, but say whatever is given you in that hour, for it is not you who speak, but the Holy Spirit. 12 And brother will deliver brother over to death, and the father his child, and children will rise against parents and have them put to death. 13 And you will be hated by all for my name's sake. But the one who endures to the end will be saved.

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